Management of Human Sources
- To ensure the protection of any information that could identify an offender as a human source or compromise the safety of any individual
Applies to all staff involved with the management of human sources
- The Director General, Security, will:
- The Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Institutional Operations, will:
- The Institutional Head/District Director will:
- The Deputy Warden/Associate District Director will supervise all security intelligence activities and ensure the sound management of human sources.
- The Security Intelligence Officer is responsible for the operational management of human sources, including:
- the identification and management of individual human sources
- The Institutional Head/District Director will be given access to information provided by a human source.
Registration of a Human Source
- Not all offenders who offer information will be registered as human sources. The decision to file an individual as a human source will be made by the Security Intelligence Officer after the following factors have been considered:
- All registered human sources/confidential informants will be assigned a human source number.
Handling of Information Related to Human Sources
- At no time is a federal offender under CSC jurisdiction to be used as an agent source by a CSC staff member.
- Any information contained in any correspondence, report or other document, either written or electronic, that has the potential to identify an offender as a human source or to compromise the safety of individuals must be classified, at a minimum, as “Protected C”.
- When a human source is transferred between regions, institutions and/or parole offices, his/her entire file (including his/her human source information and his/her identifier) will be transferred to the Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Institutional Operations, of the receiving region.
- All human source files or human source information will be classified, at a minimum, as “Protected C”. All access to these files will be by authorized individuals who have an identified need to know, in the form of a gist. In these cases, the officer who originally identified the inmate as a human source will be advised of the release of information. All accesses to these files will be logged.
Outside Agencies and the Use of Human Sources
- When a law enforcement agency makes a request to CSC to use an offender as a human source, the person receiving the request must advise the Institutional/Community Security Intelligence Officer immediately and the Regional Administrator, Intelligence, of the details.
- The Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Institutional Operations, will immediately advise the Director, Operational Intelligence, at National Headquarters through the dedicated 24-hour service line at 1-866-815-4340.
- No commitments are to be made with an external third party agency on the use of any offender under CSC jurisdiction, unless there is a written consent given by the Director General, Security Branch, at National Headquarters.
- Strategic Policy Division
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CROSS-REFERENCE AND DEFINITIONS
Agent source: any person who provides information to an agency and who is directed in any way by his/her handler in the manner in which to conduct himself/herself in obtaining such information.
Human source (also referred as confidential informant): any person who provides information to an agency and expects confidentiality. These persons are protected by informant privilege which is intended to protect their identity.
Human source information: intelligence information that is provided by an individual human source.
Human source number: number which is assigned to an offender who is a human source. This number will be the only means of identifying the source on reports.
Human source registry: registry log used to record and maintain human source identification information.
Informed consent: consent is considered to be informed when an individual has the capacity to understand the nature of the process and is fully apprised of:
Need to know: information that is pertinent and necessary to an individual performing his/her duties.
Registered human source : offender who provides information to an agency and expects confidentiality. He/she is protected by informant privilege which protects his/her identity.
For more information
- Government-wide Forward Regulatory Plans
- The Cabinet Directive on Regulatory Management
- The Red Tape Reduction Action Plan
- The Canada–United States Regulatory Cooperation Council
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